Strengthen Your Organization
With Help from Skilled Volunteers
Connect With Skilled Volunteers
This program connects you with talented professionals looking to give back, allowing you to access expertise in areas such as marketing, web development, operations, strategy, and more.
Catchafire's menu of 100+ pre-scoped projects, each with specific deliverables and project steps, makes it easy to find what you need and match with a volunteer with the right skills for the job. And if you aren't sure where to begin, start by talking to a volunteer to get advice and explore ideas.
Sponsored by Connecticut Community Foundation
Waterbury Hospital Foundation received an application from Joseph for a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project.
Francesca from Waterbury Hospital Foundation listed a Logo Design & Visual Brand Identity project.
Garrett matched with Alyse from Independence Northwest for a Social Media consultation call!
Viktorea matched with Amy from The Wildlife Line for an Accounting Systems Review project!
Olivia matched with Loraine from Waterbury Hospital Foundation for a Logo Design project!
Tanmay matched with Patrice from Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc. for a Social Media Audit project!
Mica matched with Jackie from Wellmore Behavioral Health for a Brochure Writing project!
Manish matched with MaLisa from FreeTHEM Inc. for a Board Prospecting project!
Lorena matched with Patrice from Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc. for a Marketing Strategy Consultation project!
Kushagra matched with Patrice from Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc. for a Pricing Strategy project!
Daniela matched with Jackie from Wellmore Behavioral Health for a Fundraising Plan Assessment project!
Reagan matched with Kelley from Housatonic Valley Association for a Flexible Graphic Design Support project!
Ishekia (Kia) matched with Donna from Jane Doe No More for a Social Media consultation call!
Stuart matched with Susan from Brass City Harvest for a Human Resources consultation call!
Evangelia matched with Sean from Lake Waramaug Task Force for a Flyer Graphic Design project!
Rachel matched with William from 3D music academy INC for a Tech Systems consultation call!
Jan matched with William from 3D music academy INC for a Finance consultation call!
Kevin matched with Rebecca from Connecticut Land Conservation Council for a Time Management Coaching project!
David matched with MaLisa from FreeTHEM Inc. for a Website Set Up (CMS-Based) project!
Wesley matched with William from 3D music academy INC for a Website consultation call!
Lauren matched with William from 3D music academy INC for a Website consultation call!
Wesley matched with William from 3D music academy INC for a Website consultation call!
Mackenzie matched with William from 3D music academy INC for a Website consultation call!
Jessey matched with MaLisa from FreeTHEM Inc. for a Website Audit project!
Mario matched with Debby from Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging for a Flyer Graphic Design project!
Mario matched with William from 3D music academy INC for a Marketing Strategy consultation call!
Thomas matched with William from 3D music academy INC for a Website consultation call!
Somi matched with Lynn from Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc. for a Marketing Materials consultation call!
Üma matched with Lynn from Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc. for a Marketing Materials consultation call!
Heather matched with Elaine from Community Culinary School of Northwestern CT for a Marketing Strategy Consultation project!
Meera matched with Victor from Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury Inc. for a Website consultation call!
Muizz matched with Sheena from Girl Scouts of Connecticut for a Website consultation call!
Taylor matched with Donna from Jane Doe No More for a Brochure Graphic Design project!
Joe matched with Patrice from Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc. for a Customer Database (CRM) Audit project!
Jan matched with Patrice from Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc. for an Accounting Systems Set Up project!
Quincy matched with Patrice from Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc. for a Google Ads Campaign Support project!
Nyeri matched with Patrice from Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc. for a Social Media Content Calendar project!
Thu matched with Patrice from Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc. for a Video Editing project!
Elizabeth matched with Brian from Steep Rock Association for a Human Resources consultation call!
Cannon (Chinmay) matched with Monica from Steep Rock Association for a Tech Systems consultation call!
Renee matched with Donna from Jane Doe No More for a Copywriting project!
Gloria matched with Michael from Children's Community School for an Impact Report Graphic Design project!
Ajay matched with Melissa from Connecticut Community Foundation for a Copywriting project!
Madeline matched with Kristie from Easterseals of Greater Waterbury for a Video Editing project!
DJ matched with Christopher from The Institute for American Indian Studies for a Chat (Slack) Set-up & Training project!
Quincy matched with Patrice from Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc. for a Search Engine Optimization Audit project!
Mark matched with Karen from Connecticut Community Care for a Social Media consultation call!
Jack matched with Loraine from Waterbury Hospital Foundation for a Mission, Vision & Values project!
Henry matched with Lori from CT League of Conservation Voters Education Fund for a Social Media consultation call!
Kirsten matched with Doug from Cheshire Community YMCA for a Flyer Graphic Design project!
How It Works
1. Explore Available ProjectsBrowse through over 150 pre-scoped projects and post your own.
2. Find Your Pro Bono ProfessionalReview applications from interested professionals and choose who you want to work with.
3. Get The Help You NeedKick off your project and start making progress.
Two ways to connect!
What Do You Need Help With?
Select from 150+ pre-scoped projects or post a consultation call to get started.
Great Connections Are Made Here
Matched Jun 29th, 2022
How Viktorea M. helped The Wildlife Line
Accounting Systems Review
Matched May 16th, 2022
How Tanmay S. helped Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc.
Social Media Audit
Matched May 16th, 2022
How Mica S. helped Wellmore Behavioral Health
Matched May 2nd, 2022
How Manish M. helped FreeTHEM Inc.
Matched Mar 11th, 2022
How Reagan M. helped Housatonic Valley Association
Flexible Graphic Design Support
Matched Mar 1st, 2022
How Ishekia (Kia) A. helped Jane Doe No More
Matched Jan 18th, 2022
How Kevin J. helped Connecticut Land Conservation Council
Time Management Coaching
Matched Dec 3rd, 2021
How Mario R. helped Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging
Flyer Graphic Design
Matched Aug 3rd, 2021
How Gloria N. helped Children's Community School
Impact Report Graphic Design
ABOUT THE VOLUNTEERS
Work With Talented Professionals From Around the World
Finding the right match is important. Each of the 150+ pre-scoped projects contains prerequisite skills and experience, core deliverables, and time estimates, so volunteers know exactly what is required when they apply to work with you.
The rigorous application process, which includes work experience, portfolios, and statements of interest, limits applicants to those who are serious about working with you. It's not a one-click application, and it shouldn't be.
You can review up to three applications at a time, and interview candidates before deciding. The decision is yours.
What Other Organizations are Saying
Frequently Asked Questions
New around here? Start with the basics.
Catchafire is an online platform for virtual, skills-based volunteering. Through Catchafire, professionals are able to directly support causes they care about by helping nonprofits with projects that match their skill sets. And because projects can be completed from anywhere, Catchafire makes it possible for organizations and skilled volunteers to connect for good, from all around the world!
Skills-based volunteering is a high impact form of volunteering that allows an individual to donate his or her professional skills and expertise, which in turn allows a nonprofit to build its capacity and focus more efficiently on its mission.
Skilled volunteers help nonprofits fill critical knowledge and staffing gaps, they work as thought partners on strategic projects, and they complete specific projects that require specialized skills, training, or experience. Very often, the relationships between volunteers and nonprofits extend far beyond the scope of the initial project that brought them together.
A specific example of skills-based volunteering is a marketing professional who volunteers to help a nonprofit create a marketing strategy.
During 2018, the Foundation is partnering with Catchafire to support select nonprofit organizations who serve the Foundation’s 21-town region by providing access to skills-based volunteers from across the world. By bringing talent to its grantees, the Foundation aims to maximize the impact these organizations are able to make in the communities they serve.
No. Connecticut Community Foundation is sponsoring your access to Catchafire, so it’s completely free for your organization. The Foundation believes that by providing this resource to its grantees, organizations can maximize their positive impact in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.
In order to participate, you must first register your organization and then post your first project or consultation call. Get started by visiting the Project Menu to browse through over 150+ detailed project types.
You can work on an unlimited number of projects and calls throughout your membership. Once you finish a project, just make sure to mark it “complete”.
Your posted projects are visible to Catchafire’s entire skills-based volunteer community of 40,000+ talented professionals on the platform, and millions more via Catchafire's partnership with LinkedIn. Those who are interested in your organization’s cause area and who have the skills required for your project will be able to apply.
Skills-based volunteers may apply to your projects from all across the country and around the world. We encourage you to engage with virtual skills-based volunteers. If you prefer to work with somebody local, please expect it to take longer than normal to receive applications from a professional in the area. Please reach out to [email protected] if you have questions or need any help.
On average, projects are matched within two weeks. If you are not seeing the response you hoped for, please reach out to [email protected], and one of Catchafire's Nonprofit Advisors will get in touch to troubleshoot with you.
After the interview, you can log into your account dashboard and ACCEPT or PASS on the match. Once both parties accept, you are officially matched and can begin the project! If you need to exchange any materials or have follow-up conversations to determine if it is a good fit after the interview, you are encouraged to do so.
About this Program
Established in 1923, Connecticut Community Foundation was created by and for the people of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.
While serving this 21-town region, the Foundation provides leadership in addressing the community’s critical issues, strengthens local nonprofit organizations through grants and technical assistance programs, and works with individuals, families and corporations to steward charitable and scholarship funds. Read more about the Foundation on our main website.
This year, the Foundation is partnering with Catchafire to support select organizations by providing access to skills-based volunteers with specific expertise and experience across the world. By bringing talent to its grantees, the Foundation aims to help organizations maximize their positive impact in the communities they serve in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.
Have more questions? Drop us a line.
Email the Catchafire team at [email protected], or schedule a Catchafire introduction call to learn more about how your organization can build capacity with help from skilled volunteers.
Connecticut Community Foundation is very pleased to have provided the funding necessary to allow your organization to use the Catchafire platform free of charge. We hope you will tap the potential of the Catchafire platform to secure volunteer help to meet some of your pressing needs. As you consider engaging volunteers through Catchafire, please understand that Connecticut Community Foundation does not endorse, vet or recommend the services of any particular volunteer or service provider, and is not liable for any harm or injuries that may be caused by volunteers who participate in the Catchafire platform. We encourage you to vet carefully any Catchafire volunteer before entering a working relationship.